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National Association of Agricultural Educators
Lexington, KY 40546-0215
National Teach Ag Coordinator
Aiken High School
Years as an Ag Teacher: 5
Ag Education Undergraduate Degree: Clemson University
Advice to potential ag ed majors?
My advice to any person looking at their career options, whether it be teaching or something else, is that there is no such thing as the perfect job...except being an AG Teacher. This great job allows you to do something different every single day, be challenged and yet is very rewarding at times. I tell people who ask me what my bad days are like that my bad days are good and my good days are great.
What is the most rewarding part of being an ag teacher?
There are so many rewards that come with my job as an AG teacher, but I would say the thing that I love the most is being a HERO for a student that would not have had those great opportunities without my class. However, it is not only the students that get bountiful learning opportunities. My students are the ones that teach me every single day. They teach me to have a love for learning, how to challenge myself in order to become better for them and overall how to be a better teacher, advisor, mentor and person. You hear teachers around the profession say "I love to see when a student's light comes on." But for me, it is for these reasons that they in turn make my "light" come on. This is why I do what I love and love what I do :).
Do you have any tips on going to colleger?
College alone is an extreme challenge. There will be many obstacles but those obstacles will make you a better student to prepare you for the challenges you will face being a teacher. College is a great time to develop a love of learning and challenge yourself. I think the best thing a person entering into the teaching profession should do is build a network of resources. This can be your greatest asset. Knowledge is important but building a network of people to support you is the most valuable.